Dear Mr. Carapiet,
You have visited my web-site www.calcutta-armenians.blog.co.uk and I am sure you have got alot of information on the Calcutta Armenians from the postings there.
The Calcutta Armenian Trusts are 22 Trusts in number. All the trusts are designated for "the poor Armenians of Calcutta". Some trusts have additional clauses to assist monasteries in Iran and Armenia etc. Even so the basic fact, remains that the Trusts are primarily designated to benefit the Calcutta Armenians.
The income of the Trusts today stands at nearly £ 15 million Australian dollars a year. This huge income is squandered on everything else but not on benefiting the Calcutta Armenians. Hardly say one million dollars is spent on the poor Armenians.
Recently, in the last ten years, the rest of the funds have gone, in bulk, to one Dr. Devi Shetty, Asia Heart Foundation and his projects. Out of the Calcutta Armenian funds he has built a super speciality heart hospital and a eye hospital too. These hospitals are equipped with state of the art equipment all imported in the name of the "Armenian Church" (for tax evasion purposes). The benefits of these hospitals goes totally to rich paying customers and friends of the elite in Calcutta. Poor Armenians are told to pay, AND ARE REFUSED A DISCOUNT !!!!.
A case in point is the mother of ZAVEN STEPHEN, who is in Australia now. When she had a major heart operation in this heart hospital, built by the Armenian Church, this family was made to pay the entire bill amounting to several lakhs of rupees. Which they could not afford, as they a little savings from Zaven's dad's pensions fund. After her release from the hospital, Mrs. John even refused them the Church car to bring the ill lady home.
Huge amounts are paid to the Armenian College to educate those foreign children. 50 of these kids were sent back to Armenia, all expenses paid for by the Armenian Church. The poor in Calcutta are not refused third class train fare to look for jobs, or to go for medical treatment elsewhere in India.
Your family, as well as those of others, are all CALCUTTA ARMENIAN FAMILIES. As such we do have an interest in the well being of the funds and to prevent misuse. It is our duty to our ancestral heritage and the good names of our families. Many of us would not have been impoverished if our ancestors gave us the money instead of leaving it to this charity, which has closed its doors on the Calcutta Armenians.
It is become time now, for us organise ourselves to influence the future direction of the Calcutta Armenian Charity. An Association is needed to fight for the rights, interests and welfare of all Armenians who live in Calcutta and those whose families have definite and certain links to Calcutta.
For this reason, I am writing you for your advice and help. I am circulating this letter too to many other Calcutta Armenians with a special invite for us to join together for this specific purpose. There are hundreds of Calcutta Armenians, scattered all over the world, who can be invited back, housed, fed and assisted with some of the the best medical facilities to be found anywhere. Instead of living out their old age on small pensions and in terrible climates, they should be welcomed to settle back in Calcutta and its surroundings and the benefits of the Calcutta Armenian Trusts funds be extended to them.
At the moment we need to have office bearers of the Association and I look forward to hearing from the Calcutta Armenians with the names of persons who are interested in this Association.
The Association will be registered in Calcutta, as that will make an Indian Entity, whose voice could be heard in various forums, like the press and the Courts.
Please let me have your valuable advice and guidance. I would like to make it clear that the proposed Association, would not be MY PERSONAL ASSOCIATION, but a fully democratic body. If the members would entrust me with a suitable post, then certainly, I would be a humble worker of the Association working for the welfare of the Calcutta Armenians all over the world.